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Volume 11,1999,Pages 167-173

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The first area in China to which the McHargian approach to landscape planning was applied was the Hangzhou Bay area on the central coast. Using published maps and documents and analyzing remote sensing data, an ecological inventory (GIS) was first developed. Based on these data, several criteria for land and water use suitability evaluation were produced. These were then overlayed to evaluate the entire region for several categories of land and water uses, and a suitability synthesis map was produced. This map became the basis for developing several possible concepts and plans for the sustainable development of the region. It is a timely and much needed approach in a rapidly developing country like China if development is to fulfill both present needs and allow future generations to fulfill theirs too.

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